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[hwin-chat, win-] /ˈʰwɪnˌtʃæt, ˈwɪn-/
a small Old World thrush, Saxicola rubetra, having a buff-colored breast and white streaks in the tail.
1670-80; whin + chat Unabridged
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  • Some birds such as the whinchat and the nightjar use bracken as their preferred habitats.
British Dictionary definitions for whinchat


an Old World songbird, Saxicola rubetra, having a mottled brown-and-white plumage with pale cream underparts: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
Word Origin
C17: from whin1 + chat1
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Encyclopedia Article for whinchat

(Saxicola rubetra), Eurasian thrush named for its habitat: swampy meadows, called, in England, whins. This species, 13 centimetres (5 inches) long, one of the chat-thrush group (family Turdidae, order Passeriformes), is brown-streaked above and buffy below, with white patches on the eyebrows, wings, and tail. It has flycatcher-like habits and a brief, metallic song.

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